This 21 hour course package fulfills the code change and professional development requirement for license renewal for the Massachusetts electrician. The purpose of this 21-hour CE course is to convey the changes to the most recent edition of Massachusetts Electrical Code (which became effective January 1, 2020), identify code changes as they appear in the model 2020 NEC, and discuss how they relate to the practice of electricians in the Commonwealth. The class includes the following code change lessons:
- Massachusetts Amendments for the 2020 Massachusetts Electrical Code
- An Overview of Changes to NEC-2020 and Changes to Article 90
- Significant Changes to Chapter 1 – General
- Significant Changes to Chapter 2 – Wiring and Protection
- Significant Changes to Chapter 6 – Special Equipment
- Significant Changes to Chapter 3 – Wiring Methods and Materials
- Significant Changes to Chapter 4 – Equipment
The class begins by reviewing the 70-plus amendments made by the Board when adopting NEC-2020 as the basis for the 2020 Massachusetts Electrical Code. Every amendment is addressed with a "cut-and-paste" user-friendly presentation of the model code language removed, changed, or supplemented by amendment, along with a discussion of the reason behind and impact of each change, with additional information supplied where it helps illuminate the nature of the change.
The rest of the course is comprised of six classes on changes to NEC-2020. It presents an overview of how NEC-2020 is changing and the revisions to Article 90 (Introduction) followed by the first four critical Chapters of the NEC that, taken together, provide all the basic codes for electrical installations in Massachusetts. The final class is on Chapter 6, the most varied Chapter in the NEC including some key changes to provisions on electric vehicles (EVs), solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, and swimming pools and natural bodies of water.
Each change to is presented first with a “thumbnail” to help orient the student and provide a ready means for reviewing the material. The 2020 NEC language for the code Section is then provided, with any deletions and revisions from the 2017 NEC clearly shown. Most importantly, each change is accompanied by a thoroughgoing discussion of what the change means and the reason it was installed in the Code. The discussion includes, where possible, the reasons provided by the relevant code-making panel that oversaw the change and any vital contributions to the discussion from working electricians, manufacturers, and industry analysts. The goal is to express every change in clear language, to focus on how the changes should be applied by a working electrician, and to provide the resources to explore the change more fully for those who wish to do so.
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Charles "Chuck" Price is At Your Pace Online's Subject Matter Expert for the Electrical Trade. He started out in grocery management at the age of 18 and after 5 years decided to venture into the electrical trade in 1996. He served his apprenticeship and quickly became a foreman running work. He gained experience in many facets of the trade such as working on traffic signals, hospitals and healthcare buildings, waste water treatment plants, and many commercial applications including telecommunications data centers. He currently is working for the area's largest healthcare system.
One of his passions is working with kids - and that starts with his own two boys! He has coached youth football and basketball at several levels and is part of a men's organization that raises money for the youth as well. He is a leader in the local 4-H group, helping kids learn about animal science. All in all, Chuck focuses on being the best father he can be, while maintaining a firm grasp on the ever-changing electrical industry.